#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.

No. 060

“The Who debuted in maximum R&B mode: power-chorded reductions of James Brown ballads. When a manager badgered Pete Townshend into beefing up his laid-back demo of ‘My Generation,’ the resulting explosion knocked a hole in the future.”

Artist: The Who
Album: My Generation
Released: 1965
Label: Decca
Rolling Stones Ranking: 237

The Who is a great band. I’m a huge fan of Tommy, and really enjoyed the film Quadrophenia, mostly because of the soundtrack (it would be entirely missable otherwise). My Generation has a handful of tracks that feel more like “generic rock song” than those of the other two, and that’s the album’s biggest weakness. Still, I enjoyed the opening track, Out in the Street quite a bit, and Much Too Much stands out as unique. The titular My Generation is definitely the strongest, most memorable track on the album. There isn’t really a bad track here, but it didn’t hit me in the same way that something like Tommy did.

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 57%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.